The Minister of Health, Sen. Hon. Mary Isaac recently visited the Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (EHS) Department of CARPHA, located at Morne Fortune, Castries.
Minister Isaac’s Aug. 24 visit coincided with a courtesy call by Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg, the newly appointed Director for Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control; Dr. Carlene Radix, Head of the OECS Health Desk; and Dr. Kimberly Ashby-Mitchell, Senior Technical Officer of the OECS Health Desk.
Topics discussed during the visit were the work program of the EHS, the link between health and the environment, and areas of collaboration for interventions were topics of discussion. The discussions were held with members of staff. Other topics on the agenda included solid and liquid waste management, water security, sanitation and health, recreational water quality and air quality management.
Dr. Horst Vogel, Head of the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) program, outlined the Ridge to Reef approach to natural resources management, pollution prevention and the investments in the water sector in the six participating CARPHA member states.
The meeting agreed that working closely with the OECS Health Desk will provide the opportunity for enhanced traction in the sub-region which consist of nine CMS. The meeting also recognized that the need for partnerships, with regional and international organizations for mobilization of resources for health and environmental interventions, is key to the success and sustainability of actions.